[ uh-sis-tuh nt-ship ]
/ əˈsɪs təntˌʃɪp /


a form of financial aid awarded to a student studying for a graduate degree at a college or university in which the student assists a professor, usually in academic or laboratory work.

Origin of assistantship

First recorded in 1690–1700; assistant + -ship Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for assistantship

  • The word came hard as though the fact of an assistantship were at the least distasteful.

    Where I Wasn't Going|Walt Richmond
  • I am offered a lectureship here with an ample salary, or an assistantship on equal terms, by Trent.

    The Doctor|Ralph Connor
  • He had already been almost promised an assistantship to the head of the Educational District.

    The Created Legend|Feodor Sologub